Daimler Buses India has shown strong growth in 2017 and recorded domestic sales of 906 units compared to 501 units in 2016 thus, registering a growth of 80 per cent. And this despite a significant drop of the total bus market in India. Currently the company builds buses as also chassis in India at its Chennai plant and caters to three distinct and growing segments - 9, 16 and 24-tonne. The company builds 15-metre multi-axle luxury coaches and bus chassis for the 9, 16 and 24-tonne segments. Bus chassis for the 9 and 16-tonne segments are also exported to markets in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and South East Asia.
Today, the company presented the new-generation of its flagship product, the Mercedes-Benz 2441 SHD (Super High Deck) Automatic coach. It replaces the 2436 which was launched a year ago and with the new one raises the bar further in the segment. At 15 metres, the 2441 SHD is the longest luxury coach there is to offer in the segment and now comes with even more power and comfort thanks to an upgrade to higher power. The OM457 LA engine produces 402 bhp which is close to 50 horse more than before. There's also an automatic transmission on offer which has been sourced from ZF to make things easier for the driver and the ride smoother for the passengers.
The Mercedes-Benz 2441 SHD Automatic luxury coach offers a high seating capacity of up to 59 pushback seats and 14 cubic meters of luggage space. Built with a unique aluminique body, it is the lightest vehicle in its class because of the extensive use of aluminium. With an active steerable tag axle, it features a low turning circle diameter to effortlessly navigate sharp turns and bends. It also has an advanced braking system and a strategically positioned fuel tank for added safety.
Mr. Thomas Fricke, Managing Director Daimler Buses India: "As the Indian bus market is evolving, we lead the shift with products that meet global standards of performance and safety. With superior technology, we aim to be the benchmark in terms of total cost of ownership, safety and comfort."